April 1, 2015

Two sentenced to federal prison in separate fraud cases

An eastern Iowa woman and a central Iowa man will serve time in federal prison in two separate fraud cases. Thirty-seven-year-old Emily Protsman of Coralville was sentenced to 18-months in prison for admitting that she lied to FEMA to fraudulently acquire disaster benefits in June of 2008.

Protsman lived in Cedar Rapids at the time and filled out an application for flood damage benefits for her home and personal property. She later admitted she did not live at the address and her property was not damaged. She was ordered to pay nearly $9,000 in restitution.

Fifty-eight-year-old Ralph Schippers was sentenced to 41 months in prison after he admitted to manipulating the accounting system at the Granger Motors car dealership in Granger over a 14-year period to funnel company money into his own account. The former company office manager admitted to then spending the money on airline tickets, jewelry and other personal items.

Schippers was ordered to pay back just over $1.4-million in restitution for the funds he took from the company.